Watershed Conditions – Flood Outlook Statement
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.
Flood forecasting and warning is part of the Conservation Authority’s provincially mandated responsibilities. This statement is sent out so that residents can be informed and aware.
A Flood Outlook Statement is early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts call for heavy rain, snow melt high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
A strong and moisture laden system brought a soaking rainfall to the region this afternoon. The local area received 60-70 mm rainfall within few hours today. Forecasted rainfall is 10-15 mm overnight and 15-20 mm on Wednesday with thunderstorms.
Currently, Local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing above normal levels. Continued rainfall will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage. SSMRCA encouraging municipality and residents, specifically ones in low-lying areas and along shorelines, to monitor conditions and prepare accordingly.
The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at normal levels. The flood control channels will experience a rise in water levels. It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and the channels will be fast flowing. The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor levels and flows across the watershed.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers, streams and shorelines. High water levels, flows, and waves can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from fast flowing rivers and streams.
This statement is in effect until Friday October 4, 2019.